Gov. Kenny Guinn announced Friday that the new Conservation and Natural Resources building on Stewart Street will be named after former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan.
"Richard Bryan's career in the service of the people of Nevada is unparalleled," said Guinn.
Bryan was Clark County's first public defender. He served in both the Nevada Assembly and Senate, as attorney general and six years as Nevada governor. He capped his political career with two six-year terms in the U.S. Senate, retiring in 2000.
"He has advocated for the safety of consumers, fought for stringent ethical standards for public servants and has always been a strong supporter of issues concerning conservation and natural resources," said Guinn.
Bryan is now a partner in the Nevada law firm of Lionel, Sawyer and Collins.
The new building is under construction between Roop and Stewart streets north of the Nevada Department of Transportation building.
It is five stories tall with 130,000 square feet of lab and office space. It will unify the different divisions in Conservation and Natural Resources, which is now located in seven different buildings in Carson City.
The building is also the first to be constructed under a lease-purchase agreement that will let the state make payments on the building in much the same way people buy a house and make mortgage payments.